Selley Family History

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Selley Name Meaning

(chiefly Devon) variant spelling of Sealey. habitational name from Selly Oak in Birmingham, named, like Shelley, from Old English scylf ‘shelf’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Shelley, Seller, Willey, Selle, Pelley, Smedley, Hulley, Seley

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Selley Family Origin

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Selley Family Occupations

What did your Selley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Selley occupation in Canada was Brewer. 14% of Selley's were Brewers. Brewer, Chemist and L... were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Selley. A less common occupation for the Selley family was Laborer.

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  • Brewer

  • Chemist

  • L...

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Selley ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Selley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Selley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Selley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Selley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Selley. For the veterans among your Selley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Selley Life Expectancy

What is the average Selley lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Selley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1973, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Selley in 1962 was 84, and 87 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Selley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Selley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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